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March 19, 2013

Shorties (RIP Jason Molina, Dave Eggers' Webcomic, and more)

RIP Jason Molina of Magnolia Electric Co. and Songs: Ohia.

The Record remembers the singer-songwriter.

Trip City features a webcomic written by Dave Eggers and drawn by Noah Van Sciver.

PopMatters recommends books and films about the country of Bhutan.

Stereogum lists the best They Might Be Giant songs.

Allan J. Lichtman and Richard Breitman talk to All Things Considered about their new book FDR and the Jews.

Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy talks to the Brisbane Times.

''I like the period when 'rock music' was a good-enough catch-all in terms of how to describe what you do,'' says Tweedy, the band's singer and songwriter. ''Within that, there was a willingness to go along for the ride and it could be anywhere. What it meant was you were doing something liberated and expressive in some way - and amplified. Now that's not good enough. There are countless subgenres. I still think that the goal should be to stake a claim to more territory for rock music as a whole.''

Fresh Air interviews Emily Rapp about her memoir The Still Point of the Turning World.

DC9 at Night and Up on the Sun recap their SXSW Music experiences.

The recent book banning controversy concerning Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis graphic novel boosted the book's sales at Chicago indie bookstores.

Drowned in Sound profiles former Girls frontman Christopher Owens.

Owen King talks to USA Today about his debut novel

Indie pop duo Boy visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Former Soft Skull publisher Richard Nash discusses the business of literature at the Virginia Quarterly Review.

Vampire Weekend is streaming two songs from its forthcoming album, Modern Vampires of the City (out May 7th).

Flavorwire shares fan letters sent by famous authors to other writers.

Yo La Tengo covers The Supremes' "Come See About Me" at The A.V. Club.

Tao Lin annotates one of his poems at Rap Genius.

Check out more authors' explanation of their works at Rap Genius's literary website, Poetry Brain.

Win all six books featured in this week's Book Notes feature and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's contest at Largehearted Boy.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics & graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (the week's best new books)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists

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